Apr 302018

This afternoon, after lunch, we finished off planing the various pieces of the Oak Timber so they are ready for the job of gluing them together to form wide enough Fascia strips (needs to be greater than 150mm wide). Then using our biscuit jointer tool to help align the pieces, we proceeded to glue and join together five planks.

First Set of Oak Timber Joined


We used a fast acting PU glue so we don’t have to wait eight hours to get maximum strength, this glue will reach working strength after only 30 minutes. We are planning to be able to clamp nine set of pieces together in a session and by the time we have done the last one, the first one will be ready to be unclamped and we can carry on with the tenth set and so on. Hopefully the new clamps will come tomorrow in the post! – or else!
After the twenty sets are glued and cured, we will very slightly plane the finished surface again to remove any trace of glue and any very slight misalignment’s, and then all forty pieces will be put through the thicknesser part of the planer machine (this planes wood to a fixed thickness) to get a final set of finished Fascia boards – at last!

 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Apr 282018

These last few days have been somewhat disrupted with various external meetings and other commitments and the work on sorting out, planing and processing the Oak Timber have been patchy. So far, after today’s full day, we have selected  32 narrow pieces and sawn them to 95 mm wide, then selected 11 pieces just over 180 mm wide. These pieces have now been put away back on the Oak Storage rack outside for later in the project.
The rest are the 40 mm thick oak is being processed into more than 75 meters of Fascia boards, we need 40 pieces of oak  which are 150 mm high, we have enough planks to make 20 pieces from whole wood and parts to make another 20 from two narrower pieces glued together.

Oak sawn to size, 32 pieces@90mm and 20 pieces @155mm

Oak sawn to size, 32 pieces@90mm and 20 pieces @155mm



Oak Timber Still Continues to be Processed


All of the pieces have now had one flat surface planed (60 pieces in total). Now we are planing the narrow edges to ensure that they are right angles to the processed face. On Monday, we will finish that task off and then start gluing and joining together strips.

 Posted by at 5:44 pm
Apr 242018

Today, the all the timber pieces were sorted, measured and recorded in a new spreadsheet. We now have a realistic list of timber pieces with known minimum widths and we can now more accurately sort and set aside the planks we will need for other part of the house construction.



The saw bench is now set up ready for the task of slicing down all the timber so we get a complete collection of pieces that has both edges that are parallel to each other, cut to almost the desired width (the final adjustments will be done on either the planer or other cutting tools, depending on the target requirements).
We got out our old fence guide (from a previous work table [you know we never throw things away!]) and passed that through our planer machine and we now have a straight flat guide (accurate to 0.2mm maximum deviations down the whole 8feet length). We wanted to use this guide instead of our other fence because we found that one single fence without any joins or transitions will give us an uninterrupted consistent movement of our work pieces going through the circular saw.
Oak Timber Sorted and Being Processed


Tomorrow, we will begin the next stage of processing the Oak Timber, and then glue together some of the pieces to make wider version to make up the required numbers we will need (some 40 planks for the fascia) all being at least 155mm wide.
It is taking the time but again, we are setting up the “factory” so we can get repeatable and consistent results each time and give us satisfaction and a nice looking house!!

 Posted by at 7:07 pm
Apr 242018

Today, we finished off creating the new Covered Storage Area while it was raining gentle showers all day. A chest high line of “arms”, six of them, are now mounted and braced so we can load it up with miscellaneous lengths of timber. The three sleepers on concrete blocks underneath will take all the remaining 63mm CLS timber lengths we have got.

New Timber Storage Created and Tidied Up Old Pile of Timber


The old storage tent that was situated out near our Loke, has been taken down and tidied up.
New Timber Storage Created and Tidied Up Old Pile of Timber


The tarpaulin will have to be sorted out and where it has ripped, we will throw those bits away but any decent pieces we will keep. In fact, we will use several pieces to cover up the windows in our new Storage area to keep off driving rain blowing in a window!!
Tomorrow, we will dismantle and move the pallet of the 63mm CLS timber from outside the house, to inside the house and that will clear up access for our scaffolding tower when we are working on the roof, plus also make more room for more deliveries like the slate tiles and timber cladding when we get them.

 Posted by at 6:24 pm
Apr 232018

Today, in the morning, we did some odd jobs that were left over from the weekend, tidied up the workshop, repaired a puncture in one of our tyres for our medium flatbed trolley and service our air pump that provides oxygen to our septic processing unit.
In the afternoon, we decided that we would make a new protected storage area for our CLS timber which is now badly located outside our house and is in the way of us working on our Fascia and the roof. So using the left over piece of our white tarpaulin sheet, we fixed it to the corner of our Great Room, using the internal legs and horizontal strut and rope to secure it.

Odd Jobs and New Timber Protected Storage Area


Tomorrow, we will build two layers of shelving, the lower one sitting on the concrete floor that will take the large number of the 63mm CLS timber lengths and a second cantilever shelf about shoulder height which will take the odd dozen or so remaining timber pieces we have left over and will be needed to for future jobs.

 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Apr 232018

This afternoon, the task of passing our Oak Timber through our Planer Machine to produce one straight flat edge continues. The remaining pieces (about 20 lengths) were completed.
Then the next task is to slice each plank to a set of required widths. But before we can do that, we need to know what the minimum size each Oak piece is. We built a measuring gadget

Oak Timber Work Continues


Oak Timber Work Continues


This is slid along the new flat edge of the Oak and the two arms are pushed against the opposite edge, but the second arm (underneath)is left behind when ever the width increases again. this means that the second arm will measure the smallest or minimum width and this value is recorded, ready for the actual rip sawing task later on.

 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Apr 202018

This afternoon, we decided that it was finally time to do a good sweep of the concrete surface inside our building. There is quite a lot of saw dust, wood shavings and other rubbish lying around and this is the first time this year that it is all dry and easy to sweep with the lovely hot weather we have been having.

A Spring Clean inside Building


We filled up two large trugs of sand, saw dust, pieces of cement boards and loads of empty glue tubes! It all was put into two large rubble sacks and dumped with the rest of our building waste, all waiting for a skip when we have enough to justify having one.

 Posted by at 6:17 pm
Apr 202018

Yesterday and today, we did the job of covering our long skylight running down the whole width and length of our Corridor in our temporary living quarters. Each year, we have to put up a sheet of tarpaulin plastic to cut down on the huge amount of sunlight energy pouring into our home! This year, we bought a thick heavy duty white tarpaulin and then cut it up to create one long strip of 10 metres (30feet) by 2.1metres (7feet) strip. We used our domestic sewing machine to join the two strips together and then sew the folded over edges to provide a sleeve for the thick rope.

Sun Shield Over Corridor Created and Mounted


Sun Shield Over Corridor Created and Mounted


It is now mounted up on our roof and it will stay up until around September or October depending on how far the hot weather reaches into the Autumn season (assuming the stitching holds).

 Posted by at 3:20 pm
Apr 192018

Yesterday and today, the planer machine was serviced, and some repairs were performed. We had been having trouble with the power supply while using the machine and occasionally, we would trip the circuit breakers and a popping sound would be heard. So we took the opportunity to give our planer a good looking over, doing a redesign of the main power safety switch and power cord inlet (which is a large sticking out mess) and also replaced the electric motor starter capacitor. The popping sounds was the capacitor having a breakdown moment inside the can (hence the popping sound).

Planer Machine Serviced and Repaired


Planer Machine Serviced and Repaired


The new layout for the start button and the emergency stop button are now flush fitted to the metal cabinet itself and the power cord now comes in behind the machine instead. All the safety cut-off switches (thermal overload on the motor and several absent of equipment sensors) were re-joined into the circuit behind the new buttons. Finally, we replaced the capacitor that arrived in the post and all seems to be ok .. so far!!

 Posted by at 6:19 pm
Apr 162018

The last task of the day was to adapt our template that we have been using to trim the top of our cement boards on our walls so we can trim the five remaining inside corners. It was a bit fiddly as any inside corners are awkward places to get a ladder into and to make it more complicated, there are sticking out eves as well to get in the way too!!
It took longer to go around to each of the five corners and it was quite late before it was all done! Phew!
Anyway, that concludes the trimming of the cement boards (both the top of the walls and the vertical edges for the nine outside corners) and when we get there, the roof boards now can be laid flat on the rafters and go all the way to the Fascia smoothly without hitting anything!

 Posted by at 7:10 pm